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The Pearl of Orr's Island

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Book Overview: 

Go on a journey to the coast of Maine and immerse yourself in the picturesque community on Orr’s Island. See the raindrops glistening on the pine needles and hear the waves crashing on the rocks. This is a tale of romance, tragedy, crusty sea captains, an impetuous boy, a loving girl, complete with village gossips and twists in the plot.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Page_75" id="Page_75">[Pg 75] which distinguish the Puritan household. It seemed a solemn pause in all the sights and sounds of earth. And he whose moral nature was not yet enough developed to fill the blank with visions of heaven was yet wholesomely instructed by his weariness into the secret of his own spiritual poverty.

Zephaniah Pennel, in his best Sunday clothes, with his hard visage glowing with a sort of interior tenderness, ministered this morning at his family-altar—one of those thousand priests of God's ordaining that tend the sacred fire in as many families of New England. He had risen with the morning star and been forth to meditate, and came in with his mind softened and glowing. The trance-like calm of earth and sea found a solemn answer with him, as he read what a poet wrote by the sea-shores of the Mediterranean, ages ago: "Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honor and majesty. Who cove. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A pleasant return to Dissertation Days.

I was thinking my mind needed a rigorous work-out, and I got it with this book. A very slow, winding read, it was first published in 1866. The English is very antiquated, but it transported me back in time to my teen years when I enjoyed this genteel type of literature.

I was loving this book - the writing, the imagery, even the well done dialect. Captain Kitteridge is a treasure.
And then, suddenly, it was as if she received an impossible deadline and had to finish the book quickly. It zooms along to a lackluster ending. Oh well...more

I found it to be a charming story set in the equally charming setting of coastal Maine. If you enjoy the passion of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and HBS's explicitly Christian perspective, you should enjoy this novel as I did. There's a certain naivete and unconcern with narrative sophistication in Stowe's w

I got this book because I was taking a trip to Maine. The story happened to take place exactly where I was vacationing in Maine -- Harpswell. So, that was very neat to read about. It's about the lives of two families on the coast of Maine in the late 1800s. It's an ok story, just very slow in some p

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